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Olivia Mehaffey and Annabel Wilson named in Great Britain and Ireland squad for Curtis Cup

Annabel Wilson will be aiming for a Curtis Cup debut next year.
Annabel Wilson will be aiming for a Curtis Cup debut next year.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Ulster duo Olivia Mehaffey and Annabel Wilson have both been named in Great Britain and Ireland's initial 10-person panel for next year's Curtis Cup.

The 41st installment of the historic match between GB&I and their United States counterparts takes place on June 12-14 at Conwy Golf Club in Wales, with the hosts attempting to regain the trophy after losing out 17-3 in New York last year.

Mehaffey, the highest-ranked member of the squad at number 19 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is aiming to make her third Curtis Cup appearance.

The Tandragee golfer, currently on a scholarship at Arizona State University, will bring experience to the panel after winning 3.5 point in her Curtis Cup debut in 2016. She was the stand-out player for her side last year, helping to up 2.5 of the team's three point total. She has already notched up three collegiate victories this year and will hope to go into the match in top form.

Aiming for a Curtis Cup debut is reigning Irish Women's Close champion Annabel Wilson. The Lurgan golfer takes up a scholarship at UCLA this month and would come highly rated into the squad.

Two players from the provisional panel will drop out when the final eight-player team will be announced on May 11. It will include the two golfers who are placed highest in the World Amateur Golf Ranking in the week prior.

A further six players will be selected by The R&A Women’s Selection Committee and up to four non-travelling reserves will also be announced.

Elaine Ratcliffe, who will captain GB&I in the Curtis Cup for the first time, said: “We have a strong pool of players to choose from throughout GB&I and I’m delighted with the ten players we have selected for the initial squad. Each player’s performance and results will be monitored closely over the coming months and we will be looking for each of them to maintain a high standard as they try to secure their places in the team.

“There are many other talented players who can be added to this squad over the next few months. We will be following performances closely before the Curtis Cup team is announced in May.”

Also in contention for the 2020 team are Mehaffey’s team mates from 2018, Shannon McWilliam, Annabell Fuller and Lily May Humphreys, who has enjoyed an excellent 2019, winning the Annika Invitational Europe, Irish Women’s Open and Welsh Ladies’ Open stroke play championships.

Emily Toy, the Women’s Amateur Champion, has been named in the initial squad and is hoping to make her Curtis Cup debut in 2020. The squad features a further five potential debutants including, along with Wilson, Hannah Darling, the Scottish Girls’ Open champion, Hazel MacGarvie, Julie McCarthy and Isobel Wardle.

The provisional GB&I squad

Hannah Darling (16, Broomieknowe, Scotland)

Shannon McWilliam (20, Aboyne, Scotland)

Annabell Fuller (17, Roehampton, England)

Olivia Mehaffey (21, Royal County Down Ladies, Ireland)

Lily May Humphreys (17, Stoke by Nayland, England)

Emily Toy (21, Carlyon Bay, England)

Hazel MacGarvie (19, Royal Troon, Scotland)

Isobel Wardle (19, Prestbury, England)

Julie McCarthy (20, Forrest Little, Ireland)

Annabel Wilson (18, Lurgan, Ireland)

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